Get the Job Done

“I started a book once…”

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Anyone can start something, but finishing it is another story. I am in the thick of writing the longest book of my career. It may also be the most important.

The outline alone was 7 pages long. The longer an outline, the more content a writer can work with.

I used to fly free and just write a story with the idea in my head. The longer I did that the more I realized it leaves a writer open for plot holes and loss of control. It may work for some authors, but anyone who struggles to get to “The End,” should try outlining.

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To be fair, this is a massive nonfiction novel on spirituality in the modern world. I’m a Pagan; it’s a subject I just can’t avoid writing about because so many people message me for guidance or understanding.

I have a smaller nonfiction memoir about my journey releasing early next year, but that title is more personal and written in a memoir style. It is a short 150 page book.

By contrast I wanted the next project to be a more technical, detailed account of what one must do to get started, cultivate personal energies, and master a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them. This giant project is already 250 pages and I have plenty more to cover.

In order to stay on point, keep the pages turning, and get this book finished I knew I had to create a detailed outline. It has gotten me this far. Each chapter is 10,000+ words and I’m finishing one a week.

That kind of pacing might not be realistic for other writers. How one approaches their writing is how their work will come through. Slow and steady still gets a story finished even if it’s not as soon as others, but if deadlines are involved splitting up time with a concise schedule is necessary. I’m the first person who raves about changing processes. No routine I develop ever sticks, but there is a pattern that develops with each project.

Getting into that cycle of setting up a slight practice, following it, and carrying through doesn’t have to be super organized. My desk is covered in paper, random pens, and lip glosses. I don’t write at exactly the same time everyday. However your set up manifests, just making sure to power through and record a defined idea gets the job done.

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I don’t do #NaNoMo because I write for a living. My work will get done whether I pledge to do it or not. I can’t avoid it. But for anyone utilizing this helpful boost, write on!

2 thoughts on “Get the Job Done

  1. Content Catnip says:

    Amazing advice Jessica, it really motivated me! I write and edit for a living but for a Not For Profit….personal creative stuff is my thing I always put to the side, but it’s the most rewarding for sure. Thanks for sharing

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